The northern region has developed a collaborative and inclusive way of working together through well established networks. The networks assist people who are interested in informing and influencing funding and planning decisions in the northern region to have their say.
There are a number of stakeholder forums that contribute to decision making. The regional forum that all others feed into is Network North Coalition.
Network North Coalition
The main focus of Network North Coalition is to ensure regional consistency in planning, based on what we consider to work best in achieving positive outcomes for people who use mental health services. The collective function is to improve mental health outcomes across the northern region by improving the quality of mental health and addiction services.
Northland DHB is the funder, planner and a key provider of health and disability services for the population of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland). Employing over 2,628 staff and covering the area from Te Hana in the south to Cape Reinga in the North, it serves a population of about 157,420.
Northland is characterised by a large Maori population, widely dispersed rural communities and a disproportionately high level of socio-economic deprivation. This poses particular challenges for Northland DHB, which has taken an innovative approach to the way it funds and delivers health care in line with the Government’s over-arching strategies.
Key strategies include:
- emphasising health lifestyles to maintain wellbeing and prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases
- managing the impact of chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer
- supporting the work of the region’s six Primary Health Organisations (PHOs)
- working in collaboration with health organisations and other agencies
- reducing inequalities in the health status of the people of Te Tai Tokerau
- promoting healthy lifestyle choices
- achieving regional consistency for mental health services
- developing and implementing a strategy for the health of older people
- investing in the youth of Northland through child and youth health initiativesi
- improving oral health
- managing the impact of the ageing population and increasing healthy lifestyle choices for older people.
To make a healthy difference to the community
Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) serves the largest DHB population in the country - more than 525,000 people. It is also the second fastest growing of New Zealand's 20 DHBs.
They employ around 5,500 people in more than 30 different locations and manage a budget of over a billion dollars a year, serving residents of North Shore City, Waitakere City and the Rodney district.
Waitemata DHB operates North Shore Hospital, on the shores of Lake Pupuke in Takapuna, and Waitakere Hospital in west Auckland. Waitemata is also the lead DHB for two regional services, Forensics and Community Alcohol and Drug.
Waitemata DHB values:
- openness (represented in our branding by a flower) - ensuring transparency of process, structure and communication
- integrity (represented in our branding by a sunrise) - being truthful, sincere, fair and consistent in all dealings
- compassion (represented in our branding by a bird) -being thoughtful of people’s needs and supporting them in ways that protect their mana
- customer focus (represented in our branding by an eye) -spending time and energy to ensure that patients/clients and customers are well served
- respect (represented in our branding by a koru) - acknowledging a person’s dignity.
Healthy communities, Quality healthcare
In order to lift the health of the people living in Auckland city, Auckland DHB manages its finances, finding more efficient ways of working, and improving how they manage the flow of patients from other DHBs into Auckland for services.
Auckland City has approximately 10 per cent of the total population of New Zealand. Understanding the structure of the population, trends and changes over time is an important starting point for this work. The population in 2004 was estimated at 420,700 and is growing rapidly. In 2011 it is estimated that there are 458, 336 people living in Auckland City. By 2051 that population is expected to reach 675, 210.
Our organisation is made up of over 10,000 staff - I attribute our success to each and every one of them. At ADHB we are committed to utilising resources in the most effective way as we strive for improved health outcomes. We have a 'whole system' approach which sees our focus on the community with education and prevention to help protect our population in healthy lifestyles, to managing people in the community with chronic conditions through to very specialised hospital care. This provides a rewarding environment to staff complimented by extensive research and learning opportunities that are supported and encouraged by the organisation. (Garry Smith, Chief Executive, Auckland District Health Board)
Counties Manukau DHB
To work in partnership with our community to improve the health status of all, with particular emphasis on Maori and Pacific peoples and other communities with health disparities.
The Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) is responsible for funding and providing health and disability services for the approximately 490,300 residents of Manukau City, Franklin and Papakura districts.
Counties Manukau has high numbers of Maori, Pacific peoples and a relatively youthful population. Twenty-five per cent of the population is aged 14 or under; 13 per cent of New Zealand children live in Counties Manukau.
Counties Manukau District Health Board's funder arm is responsible for planning and funding health services, including primary, secondary and tertiary care services, Maori health and Pacific health services, Mental health and services for Older People, for it's resident population.
CMDHB through it's provider arm provides a wide range of specialist secondary services, a selected range of community services, as well as a number of niche specialist tertiary services.